Saturday, January 09, 2010

Jason Norris leads by two in Victorian Open

Victorian Jason Norris used his home course knowledge to build a two-stroke lead following an enthralling third round of the 2010 Subaru Victorian Open at Spring Valley Golf Club.
Norris, a former pennant player at Spring Valley Golf Club, began the day five strokes adrift of the lead but produced a birdie blitz on the back-nine to fire a four-under, 67 to be eight-under.
The 37 year-old left overnight leader Chris Campbell and fellow Victorian David McKenzie in his wake with a brilliant iron display in windy conditions.
“I’m happy, especially with the good finish in those conditions,” Norris said following his round.
“I’m feeling good heading into tomorrow and hopefully I can draw on recent experiences when I have been in contention and go one better.”
Campbell couldn’t get anything going following his impressive course record, nine-under 62 yesterday dropping three shots to fall back to six-under.
McKenzie, who held a share of the lead midway through the round, found trouble on 16 after an errant drive which resulted in a triple-bogey, 7.
A former Nationwide Tour winner would eventually sign for 72 and begins the final round three back at five-under.
2001 champion Scott Laycock and recent US Seniors Tour graduate Peter Senior are tied for fifth at four-under.
A double-bogey at the 18th prevented Laycock from being even closer.
Senior has been improving as the week's gone on and returned a three-under 68, including six birdies.
The 50 year-old has moved into contention for what would be his first Victorian Open title in a stella career that shows no sign of ending.
It was a disastrous day for Chris Gaunt, who began the day at eight-under but failed to register a birdie and finished with six-over, 77.

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